The Orioles improved to 39-22 all-time on opening day with today’s win over Boston. They have won 11 of their last 14 openers, including the last four in a row.
Here are more clubhouse quotes from the 2-1 victory.
Nelson Cruz on his homer off Jon Lester that broke a 1-1 tie:
“I was looking for a pitch I could drive, especially a fastball. The first two at-bats,I took the first two pitches for strikes. I was hoping he’d throw me the first pitch for a strike again.
“He’s a great pitcher, one of the elite pitchers in the league. But it’s baseball and anything can happen. Great game, great pitching and everyone did their job.”
Did Cruz hear the crowd chanting his name?
“It was a shock, but thanks to the fans for the support. That was really special. I think, like I’ve said before, I made the right call to come and be part of this organization and this town.”
Could Cruz think of a better O’s debut?
“I don’t think so. I tried to dream about a good start. The dream came true.”
Zach Britton on his outing and the win:
“It was my first time coming in as a reliever in the big leagues. I was definitely nervous. Some balls were a little up, but I was able to locate some pitches when I got behind. Was able to throw some good sinkers. Defense was outstanding as always and Tommy (Hunter) shuts the door. It was a great outing for everybody pitching-wise and Nelly came up big with that home run.
“The fans showing up today was big. The O in the anthem, that started it off for us. Great to get that win on opening day in front of the crowd.”
Ryan Flaherty on the victory:
“It was a good game all-around. Little pitching, little hitting, little defense. You have to bring your A game when you play these guys and we did that today.”
Chris Davis on beating Boston to start the year:
“That is huge. Anytime you start at home, you want to give the fans a good showing and a good win. It was a good all-around win.
“The adrenaline was going early, but everyone settled down after that. We know this is a tough division. You get in a one-run game, you will probably see that a lot this year in the AL East.”
Davis on Hunter closing it out:
“That was huge. I know he expects a lot out of himself and to be in that situation, to see him step up to the challenge, is huge. I think it’s a sign of things to come for him.”